Publication Ethics Statement
Faculty of Health Sciences UiTM, Healthscope Journals
In the realm of scholarly journal publishing, there are established ethical standards that must be upheld by all involved parties, including authors, journal editors, peer reviewers, and the publisher. The Faculty of Health Sciences is unwavering in its commitment to maintaining the highest standards in critical scholarly evaluation and professional publishing judgment. The journals published under the Faculty of Health Sciences are guided by their independent editors, who are the primary decision-makers responsible for the content published in each issue, ensuring precision, comprehensiveness, and originality in every article. Faculty of Health Sciences provides support to our journal editors and sponsors in their endeavors to ethically and transparently manage their journals while adhering to established editorial principles and practices in their respective fields. You can find additional information about the author guidelines for each journal by visiting our website's journal homepage and clicking on the "Author Guidelines" tab.
Editors bear the responsibility of selecting articles for publication, with the assistance of their editorial boards. They establish policies and guidelines for their journals, complying with legal requirements concerning plagiarism, libel, and copyright infringement. Editors may seek input from other editors or reviewers when making decisions. The content of each manuscript is evaluated for its suitability within the journal, with a focus on intellectual merit rather than the author's personal attributes. It is essential that any unpublished materials incorporated in a submitted manuscript are not used in the editor's own research without explicit written consent from the original manuscript author.
Peer Reviewer Duties
Each journal employs a Peer Review Process to aid the editor in making informed editorial decisions regarding a manuscript's quality and suitability for publication. The journal editor may share peer reviewers' responses with manuscript authors, facilitating improvements. Reviewers who feel unqualified to assess a manuscript or anticipate delays should promptly inform the editor. Reviewers are expected to be impartial, disclosing any conflicts of interest, such as prior co-authorship, professional relationships, or personal connections. Confidentiality must be maintained for all submissions received for review, and reviews should be objective, free of personal criticism, and supported by clear reasoning. Reviewers should identify relevant unpublished work and alert the editor to significant similarities between the manuscript under review and other published papers. Information acquired through peer review is considered privileged and must be kept confidential. In cases where reviewers have professional or personal connections with the authors or associated institutions, they should notify the editor about potential conflicts of interest. It's important to note that the scholarly peer review process typically applies to original research articles and not other types of scholarly content found in journals, such as book and media reviews, political reviews, dialogue, editorial commentary, and more.
Authorship should be confined to individuals who have made substantial contributions to the research, including its conceptualization, design, execution, or interpretation. All significant contributors should be listed as co-authors, while others who participated significantly in the research project should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author must verify that co-authors are included on the paper and that all co-authors have reviewed, approved, and consented to submit the final manuscript. Authors must disclose any financial or substantive conflicts of interest that may impact the results or interpretation of their manuscript, and they should properly acknowledge all sources of financial support for the research project. Authors reporting original research must provide an accurate description of the research's execution and an objective discussion of its significance to the field. All evidence and supporting data must be accurately presented, and references should be provided to enable the reconstruction of the argument. Including inaccurate statements or fabricated data intentionally is considered unethical. Authors must ensure that their submitted work does not contain libelous content or infringe upon the copyright of others, and they should cite and quote others' work appropriately. Simultaneously submitting the same manuscript to multiple journals is unethical and unacceptable. Authors who decide to submit their manuscript to another journal should request withdrawal from consideration from the journal editor. Proper acknowledgment of others' work and citations of influential publications are essential. Authors must sign a publication agreement to allow their accepted manuscript to be published in the journal. Each journal has its unique publication agreement, provided to authors upon manuscript acceptance.
Errors in Published Works
If authors discover significant errors or inaccuracies in their published paper, it is their responsibility to promptly notify the journal editor and cooperate in the retraction or correction process. If the journal editor identifies a significant error that requires correction or encounters issues like plagiarism, research fabrication, duplicate publication, or undisclosed conflicts of interest, they will address and resolve the matter in consultation with the Faculty of Health Sciences. The publisher (Faculty of Health Sciences) is dedicated to safeguarding the integrity of the scholarly version of the record.